A Warning About the Trend of Substituting Government for the Family
Too often those who enter government wanting to serve people begin to support policies and plans in which government displaces the roll of people. The desire to help is not a bad thing, but it can be an intrusive thing over time.
President Lincoln once observed, “The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but can not do at all, or can not so well do, for themselves – in their separate, and individual capacities.”
Interestingly, President Obama paraphrased this quote in his 2012 State of the Union address on the subject of education regulations. Whether or not either President adhered to this purpose of government does not invalidate its truth.
Recently, Indiana’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jennifer McCormick, joined her two predecessors, Glenda Ritz and Suellen Reed on a panel discussion in Indianapolis. The event was the annual meeting of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, a group opposed to school choice, vouchers, charter schools, private schools and home education.